Today was positively cooler than the soaring temperatures of 36-37degrees, with an average of 32degrees so off i went for a run this morning outside.
I have a 10km race in 3 weeks and have not run that distance since dec and haven't run outside forever or so it feels like. I started off way too quickly and the the first 3km were tough and welcomed the traffic light break. After 4km I felt much better as my route took me down hill and managed to carry on to 8km, so feel that i will be able to do the 10km as long as i take it easy and not zoom off. I just hope that its a lovely cool day as next week the temperature creeps back up to 32degrees. I am not aiming for any time just to complete the race, plus i really want what i think will be a purple brooks race t-shirt.
I loved running outside but also pleased as going to the gym has kept my fitness up and as a result i have lost half a stone (another stone to go before july).
What I have learnt is that portion size is very important, i have learnt to wean carbs down in my diet, I personally need to do at least 40minutes of exercise a day (walking, swimming, running, dvd or gym) and finally the battle of processed food (anything that comes in a packet or box) will be a long one but i am starting to fight back.
I love running and i will be starting my training for a hm in april, when i know it will be significantly cooler. I have registered for the park run so will be able to do that when i return to the uk and hopefully cool temperatures in the UK will mean i can go on longer runs. "We run Santiago" is back in november this year - i can't wait for that!! Plus all the other races i have my eye on this year.
Happy running folks.